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psy 254 week 2 notes

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psy 254 week 2 notes CD 254

Annie Notetaker
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Family Psychology
Elizabeth Barrett
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Annie Notetaker on Friday October 14, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to CD 254 at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo taught by Elizabeth Barrett in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 3 views. For similar materials see Family Psychology in Psychology (PSYC) at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

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Date Created: 10/14/16
Goals of Family Systems Therapy (FST)  Changing one part of the family – changes the whole family  Correct maladaptive relational patterns o Can get families in trouble if done wrong  Disciplines teen to much - > teen acts out more  Build on the strengths of the family  To identify the underlying patterns of reality o Each family creates its own reality based on their beliefs and values Challenges for FST  Key family members unavailable/ unwilling  One family member is too disturbed  Disturbance is result of outside issues  Adolescent launching from family  Family values/beliefs conflict with FST model  Rapidly changing social norms What is Family  A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and children  Two or more people who share goals and values, have long term commitments to one another and reside in the same house  All members in a household  Two or more who are committed to each other, who share intimacy, resources, decision-making, and responsibilities The family tree  Kinship – relatedness of individuals w/in a group  Nuclear family – a kinship group of parents and children that live together in one household smallest kinship and most temporary  Extended family – composed of nuclear fam + those related by blood Family Lineage  Last name passed down / power within family / location  Patrilinial/ patriarchy / patrilocal  Matrilineal / matriarchy / matrilocal  Bi-lateral / egalitarian / neolocal Family System Tools for Assessment  Stage of family life cycle/development stage  Assess for flexibility, cohesion, and communication  Re-envision the story  Intergenerational patterns - genograms -> a diagram showing family relationships over 3 or more generations Family changes throughout 100 years  Are we experiencing the end of American fam  We long for idealize and lament the loss of a society that we never had  The nuclear family is destined to fail from the start Impact of Social Environment on Relationships  All factors in society, both pos and neg that impact individuals and their relationships 11 Elements of Social Environment  Urban migration and overcrowding  Instability of couples and family relationships  Stress, change, and materialism  Financial problems and global economy o Monrows persuasive speaking – 5 steps  Get attention  Create need  Provide satisfaction  Give visualization  Demand action  Violence, crime, victimization and fear  Drug, alcohol, med addictions  Internet and human relationships  Changing gender roles and balance of power  Increasing use of child care outside home  Lack of the time for oneself / significant other  Sexuality charged Post Modern Family  The ma is whatever the individual wants it to be based on o Beliefs, culture, ethnicity & situational o Cultural diversity in fam The new ‘Normal’  Cultural diversity  Rich in kinship relationships  Collective we vs the independent I  Mental health cross cultural expectations  Millennials changing expectations Lens through which we view family  Strength-based family system 6 qualities of strong families – De Frain et al  Appreciation & affection  Commitment  Positive communication  Enjoyable time together  Spiritual well being  Ability to manage stress and crisis Strength Based Approach  Essential to building resilliances  All families have strengths  Strong marriages = strong family  Strong family build strong family  Strenths develop in response to challenges  Strong family just are  Strong families are not perfect Strengths in the Family System  Family cohesion – the emotional closeness a person feels to other family members  Family flexibility – the ability to change and adapt  Family communication – sharing info, ideas, and feelings with each other  Families that struggle -> centrifugal interactions: push away  Families that respond well -> centripetal interactions: unite  Families need structured flexibility Post modern Family System Focus  Function over structure  Strengths o All families have strengths o If you focus on problems it becomes all that you notice Challenges for Ethic Family  Assimilation – replacing old cultural traits/values with those of the dominate culture  Acculturation – blending cultural traits/values with those of the dominate culture  Segregation – ethnic group isolates self or is forced into isolation by dominant culture  Intercultural marriages  Not the majority 5 Frameworks of Understanding Couples/Families  Family strengths framework o 6 qualities of strong families  Family development stage framework o task and challenges of each stage  Symbolic interaction framework o Looks a lot like communications theory  Learn roles & expectations through social contract  Definition of situation –  Marriage w/ unhappy wife and happy husband  Social construction framework o The story we tell about ourselves determines reality  Feminist framework o Gender equality in life/work/ relationships Feminist Movement  Balancing masculine and feminine energy  1 wave – voting rights  2 ndwave – title 9, environmental issues , safety in work place, marital rape  3 wave – gender, sexuality  4 wave – lead by men, allow men to be in touch with fem energy Power Rules Relationships  Two styles o Resource theory of family power  He/she who makes the gold makes the rules o Principles of least interest  Who ever is least interested has the most power Marital Power  4 characteristics o husband –dominant pattern o wife – dominant pattern o syncratic –shared, equality o autonomic – authority in interest areas Worldview o feminist perspective o the battle  power man vs. woman  gender roles  oppression  patriarchal culture  individual o feminine perspective o building bridges  energy mas vs. fem  new paradigm  being  family connection  balance o world view is influenced by many different aspects


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